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Xenia Rubinos Interview

Before her show at Kings in Raleigh, Xenia Rubinos sat down with WSOE DJ Patrick Larsen to talk about her new record Black Terry Cat, the effect that touring has on songs and the role of identity in her music.  Check out the full interview below or listen here.

WSOE: I’ve seen that a lot of people have called your most recent album [Black Terry Cat] a political album. Do you agree with that?

unnamedXenia Rubinos: Not really because I’m talking about my personal experience. I’m making some reflections on societal things; income inequality, the experience of being a person of color in America, being a woman, image issues. So what I’m going through and thinking about.  I think that perhaps since there are maybe fewer people who look like me or have my background that are given a chance to tell their story then people call my story political. I just make music and it’s my way of understanding the world.

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Introducing WSOE Executive Staff 2017

WSOE 89.3, run for and by students, is back for another semester here on Elon University’s campus. Our new executive staff is ready to make this WSOE’s best semester yet. 2017 is a brand new year of music, festivals, and more; we cannot wait to see what WSOE has in store.

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Best Albums of December 2016 and January 2017

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“Apocalipstick” is the second LP of rock power trio Cherry Glazerr, fronted by Clementine Creevy-a true rocker in her own right at age 19. The album serves as the more musically and lyrically audacious foil to the band’s first LP, “Haxel Princess,” which had a heavy artistic focus on the nuances of teenhood. The higher level of artistic sophistication is immediately evident upon hearing the first notes of the album’s opening track, “Told You I’d Be With the Guys.” The song’s hallmark gritty, addictive guitar hook can’t help but linger in the minds of listeners long after it has reached its conclusion. Worthy of mention is the lyrically masterful “Nuclear Bomb,” a track that can’t help but truly make the listeners feel. The nexus between the music and the lyrics generates nothing short of the ultimate auditory experience.

Over email, Creevy revealed that to her, the most rewarding aspect of creating “Apocalipstick” is Cherry Glazerr’s dedication to their craft: “I’m proud of all the energy and heart we put into making music together. Always will be.” The band’s devotion to and love for the creative process has been a constant throughout their career and is completely palpable to the listener in each and every song. Whether Cherry Glazerr be singing about Power Puff Girls and pizza (as in Haxel Princess’ “Bloody Bandaid”) or the importance of female unity (“Told You I’d Be With the Guys”), Cherry Glazerr is a band that gives it their all, and that was again wholeheartedly evident with “Apocalipstick.” – Lindsay Teske

Recommended if you like: Bleached, The Pink Slips, The Growlers

Listen to: “Nuclear Bomb”

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Best of 2016 • Honorable Mentions

Best of...2016 was an amazing year in music. Choosing our favorite 20 albums was hard! Here is our ongoing list of honorable mentions for 2016.

2016 Honorable Mention

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Nigel Chapman teamed up with a band in 2016 to produce his second studio album. “Thought Rock Fish Scale.” Still reminiscent of Lou Reed vocally, he shows hints of influence from Reed’s “Transformer” on the new record through 70’s pop-reminiscent melodies and intriguing lyrics. Thought Rock Fish Scale is easy listening, philosophical and catchy. The album itself seems like it passes fast when listening to it’s 8 tracks, however there is much detail to be heard and is easy to listen to a second time. – Jake Keisler

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Best Albums of November 2016

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I was initially off-put by the idea of a final album from A Tribe Called Quest as it seemed like a capitalization off of the death of Phife Dawg, but I warmed to the idea when it was revealed that the bulk of the album was recorded before he passed.  To my surprise, this album essentially picks up from where “Midnight Marauders” left off and the group has such a greater level of cohesion than they did on “Beats, Rhymes and Life” and “The Love Movement.” Tribe is able to sound classic and contemporary at the same time in both their lyrics and production. This is the best Tribe has ever been able to incorporate features in an album.  Rappers like Consequence and Busta Rhymes showcase Tribe’s roots and the inclusion of current heavyweights like Kendrick Lamar further lace together the old and the new. The title of the album and the themes of songs like “Dis Generation” make this album feel like a bookend to their generation of hip-hop as they pass the torch to the next generation. It’s rare for a sendoff to be this well done and touching.  Do not dismiss this album like I originally did as it is not only fantastic from a musical perspective but also culturally important. – Thomas Coogan

Recommended if you like: De La Soul, Pharcyde, Gang Starr

Listen to: “We the People….”

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